Marc Sabatella

Don't miss your last chance to win!

publishedabout 1 month ago
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Hello! Important reminder: today is the last day to submit your entries for our contest, where you can win a free year of All-Access Membership to my online school & community! I know we're all in different time zones, so don't sweat the exact cutoff time too much. As long as it's Tuesday somewhere in the world, you still have time 🙂. As I keep saying, as long as you enter, you have a chance of winning, and you'll definitely get something out of the effort!

MuseScore Café

This week in the MuseScore Café with Marc Sabatella, we continue our first-Wednesday "Ask Me Anything" series! If I will need to see your score in order to answer your question, please be sure to post it to the Conversation space.

The MuseScore Café is live on Wednesday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

Tip of the Week

A really simple tip this week. If you have an element you want present in the score but not visible for whatever reason, simply select it and press "V" to toggle its visibility off or on. Invisible elements will appear gray on screen so you can still select them and work with them, but will disappear entirely on print or export to PDF or other graphics forward. You can also make invisible elements disappear on screen by unchecking View / Show Invisible".

Use for this include:

  • hiding leading or trailing rests for voice 2 where they are not needed to show the rhythm
  • hiding the time signature for unmetered music
  • hiding tempo or dynamic markings included for playback only
  • hiding a grace note used to attach a glissando to
  • hiding a glissando (which plays back) so you can show a fall (which does not)
example with hidden markings

Music Master Class

This week in the Music Master Class with Marc Sabatella, we'll start looking at some of your submissions for our contest! Also, since I will be accompanying a school choir later in the day on a piece for their "continuation" ceremony, I'll talk briefly about some of the musical considerations involved in that.

The Music Master Class is live on Thursday at 12:30 PM Eastern (16:30 GMT), and you can access past episodes in the archive.

In Theory

One common point of confusion I see has to do with chord inversions. Actually, inversions manage to confuse people in several ways. Let me try to clarify some of these up:

  • An inversion is characterized by its bass note. A C major chord is in first inversion if its third - E - is in the bass. The order of the notes above that does not matter. So, bottom to top, E-G-C and E-C-G are both first inversion. So is E-C-G-C-E-G.
  • In chord symbol notation, a chord inversion is specified by a slash followed by a letter indicating the bass note. So, a C major chord in first inversion is written C/E.
  • In Roman numeral anlysis, first inversion triads are notated with a superscripted 6, except in countries that use the UK system where first inversion is notated with the letter "b".
  • For seventh chords, first inversion is notated with a stacked "65" in most of the world, but with "7b" in the UK.